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Local News For Thursday, May 12th, 2022

Updated: May 13, 2022

Good morning y’all, and now a little news to get you up and going. weather-wise, a mix of sun and clouds with highs will be in the upper 70s and lower 80s.

Now your Daily arrest report is brought to you by Trenter Bail Bonding, locked up, need to get out, call Jeff, or Jimmy at 334-864-5559. From Chambers County, Chambers County Sheriff's Office reports the following:

Patrick Shannon Templeton, 53, of Valley, AL was arrested for Bond Revocation - Murder

Patricia Ann Gooden, 46, of Lanett, AL was arrested for Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd Degree

From Lanett

1. Alquavious Buckhanon, 26, of Valley, AL arrested for carrying pistol without permit.

2. Keegan Newton, 41, of Valley, AL arrested for Failure to Appear.

Lanett Police also report the following incidents:

1. Theft 1st reported in the 400 Blk S 1st Ave.

2. Assault 3rd reported in the 1100 Blk N 13th St.

and from Valley

Patricia Ann Gooden

Incident / Offense

Failure To Appear (Traffic)Valley45

Kimila MotleyFrom:Age:

Incident / Offense

Failure To AppearOpelika53

Brittany Nichole JohnsonFrom:Age:

Incident / Offense

Failure To AppearValley33

Orlando JenningsFrom:Age:

Incident / Offense

Obstruction of Governmental OperationsValley25Resisting Arrest

Jaci Lynn MckeehanFrom:Age:

Incident / Offense

Obstructing Governmental OperationsValley28

Keegan Jamar Newton, 41 from Valley

Incident / Offense

Attempting to Elude, Reckless Endangement, Poss. of Cont. Sub, Attempt to Elude, and Poss. of Marijuana, Poss. of Drug Para.

Valley Police also report the following incidents:

300 Block of MLK Drive

Incident / Offense


1800 Block of 30th Street

Incident / Offense

Theft of Property 1st Degree Motor vehicle

2400 Block of Ben Brown Road

Incident / Offense

Permitting k9 to Run At Large

3300 Block of 20th Avenue

Incident / Offense

Forgery Creating Paper MoneyPossession of a Forged Instrument 1st Degree

and now Obituary's brought to you by Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home, providing dignified service since 1900.

Johnson Brown Funeral Home announces the passing of Richard Royce Finley, 85 of Valley, and beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who went to his Heavenly home on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Richard served many years as a member of the Valley Rescue Squad while working for Big Star and later retiring from Piggly Wiggly. Richard was a member of Shawmut First Baptist Church.

Richard was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Shirley Novis Finley; son, Dennis Finley; daughter-in-love, Rhonda Finley; parents, Leonard & Mary Finley; brother, Charles Finley; and sisters, Bobbie Nix and Blanche Finley.

He leaves behind his daughter, Shelby Finley Polidoro, grandchildren, Cassey (Davis) Northcutt; Adam Finley and Amanda (Christian) Demyan; as well as great-grandchildren, Woods, Finley, Carter, Walker, and John Sawyer.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 11:00 AM EST with visitation prior to the service from 10:00 – 11:00 AM EST. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett.

The family would like express deepest thanks to Chattahoochee Hospice for the love and care you gave to our family during this time.

Visit to sign the online guest book or light a remembrance candle in his memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley, AL Directing

Johnson Brown also announces the passing of the following:

Mrs. Barbara Ann Smith, age 84, of Lanett, Alabama passed away on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022 in Valley, Alabama. She was born on July 20th, 1937 in Columbus, Georgia to the late Henry Alton and Tennie Bee Wood.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughter, Anita (Earl) Cofield; sisters, Kay (Doug) Metcalfe and Mary Lou (Jerry) Owens; grandson, David (Courtney) Cofield; granddaughter, Kimberly Cofield; great grandchildren, Starr (Lavonne)Binnix, Alyssa Nelson, and Bryce Nelson; great-great grandchild, Ava Binnix.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 54 years, George A. Smith; son, George Michael Smith; great grandchild, Bradyn Michael Nelson; brother, Clyde Wood; sister, Doris Howard.

Mrs. Smith was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. She loved to read and was an absolute sweetheart who had a great sense of humor. She loved her family and never missed a birthday or event. She was always smiling and was loved by all.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 13th, 2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. Pastor Milford McClain will officiate. Entombment will follow in the Park Hill Cemetery Mausoleum in Columbus, Georgia. Mrs. Smith’s family will receive friends Friday afternoon from 1:00 PM (EDT) until the service hour at the funeral home.

Please visit Mrs. Smith’s Memorial Tribute page at to leave a condolence for her family, to share a memory of Mrs. Smith, or to light a Remembrance Candle in her memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.

Marshall Strickland, affectionately known as “Uncle Bah”, age 79, of Cusseta, Alabama passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at his residence.

Mr. Strickland was born in Langdale, Alabama on June 26, 1942, to the late Warner Strickland and Valera Johnson Strickland.

Mr. Strickland was a hardworking man with a wonderful sense of humor. His friends often referred to him as a “card”.

Marshall enjoyed working in his yard and he loved his rose garden. He also enjoyed gardening, fishing, watching the University of Alabama football, and the Atlanta Braves.

He is survived by his wife, Pearlene Strickland; children, Toni Adams (Nathan), Matt Strickland, Melissa Royster; grandchildren, Paris Ruddock, Jacob Van Wettering (Bridget), Matthew Strickland, Joseph Gore (Kim Dean), Raiden Strickland, Brandon Ruddock (Elizabeth); great-grandchildren, Destiny, Preston, and Brooklyn Baltes, Madison Dean, Dalton Dean.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Please visit Marshall’s Memorial Tribute page at to leave a kind message for his family, share a memory of Marshall, or to light a Remembrance Candle in his memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is directing.

Bluffton Funeral Services announces the passing of On May 6, 2022, James Fred Shirley, who passed away at his home in Lanett.

He was born March 3, 1938. He graduated from Goshen High School in 1956 and continued his education at Troy State where he graduated with a BSA in education in 1960. He moved to the Valley area and taught first at Lafayette-Lanier Elementary School. In 1971 he continued his teaching career at Springwood School as a teacher and as Assistant Head Master until his retirement in 2000.

He then went on to help his late wife, Josephine Shirley and son, Dave Shirley at Dave Shirley Photography for many years. He enjoyed helping with the finishing touches on the photographs that clients had ordered and also keeping up the lawn and garden area at the Studio. His parents were the late James A. Shirley and the late Naomi Shirley.

Fred is survived by both his son Dave Shirley and his daughter in-law Lisa Shirley. He is also survived by his brother Tom Shirley of Ashford, AL and his sister Peggy Blair of Dallas, TX. His sister Jeanette Meads preceded him in death.

The family has requested that no flowers be sent in his name, but a donation be made in his name to either the Randolph County Animal Shelter in Wedowee, Alabama 104 Animal Shelter Road Wedowee, AL. 36278 or visit…/ ( or to Katnip Paradise & Friends located in Lanett Alabama ( Dave and Lisa donate all the time to this rescue.

Visitation for James Fred Shirley will be Tuesday, May 10th at 1:00 pm ET at Bluffton Funeral Services located at 1011 North Lanier Ave. Lanett, Alabama 36863.

A graveside service will be held at 2 pm immediately following at Hill Crest Cemetery in Lanett, Alabama.

Services have been entrusted to Bluffton Funeral Services, Lanett, Alabama.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home announces the passing of Mr. Luther Buchanan, 86 of Camp Hill, AL passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

Public Visitation will be held Monday, May 9, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. CST until 7:00 p.m. CST, at Silmon- Seroyer Funeral Home Chapel in LaFayette, AL.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 12:00 p.m. CST, at Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home Chapel in LaFayette, AL, Rev. Henry Cooper, Officiating.

Burial will follow at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Camp Hill, AL.

Mr. Buchanan leaves to cherish his memories, a faithful and devoted son, Reginald T. Buchanan; two precious granddaughters, Tiana “BaBa” Buchanan and Karrington “Ba-Ba” Buchanan; one brother-in-law, Arthur “Moosie” (Katherine) Rowell; a dedicated bonus daughter, Ms. Keisha Montgomery; and a host of other relatives and friends.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mr. Luther Buchanan, please visit our floral store.

and in closing Vines Funeral Home announces the passing of Mrs. Catherine Pitts Crook, 99, of LaFayette died Thursday, May 5, 2022 at her residence. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 13, 2022 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 731 First Street SE, LaFayette at 12:00 p.m. (CST) with Rev. Gary L. Dixon officiating. Visitation with the family will be held at the church from 11:00 a.m. (CST) to the funeral hour. Interment will be in Essie J. Handy cemetery, LaFayette. Public viewing will be at Vines Funeral Home Chapel, Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. (CST) to 6:00 p.m. (CST). Catherine was born on August 23, 1922 and was reared in LaFayette by her parents, George A. Pitts and Susie Lyles Pitts. She was a devoted member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and was there when the church was established and built. Catherine enjoyed Sunday School and served in various capacities including President of the Missionary Society, director of the youth and youth choir and planned and implemented numerous worship programs. Catherine was joined in marriage to the late Milledge E. Crook on March 9,1953 and together they built a strong home and family. Catherine graduated from Chambers County Training School in 1943. She was a 1948 graduate of Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English and Social Studies. She earned her Master of Science degree in 1966 from Alabama A&M University. She taught at several schools in Chambers County including Liberty, Riverview, Hopewell, Philip High School, Five Points High School, Lafayette High School and Valley High School. She was among the first Black teachers to integrate schools in Chambers County. Prior to retiring in 1993, she was recognized as Teacher of the Year in Chambers County and was active in local and state education activities. She also taught Adult Education classes for ten years. Her illustrious career as an educator spanned forty-five years and ten months. In addition, Catherine was inducted into Theta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in LaGrange Georgia in 1975. In 1976, she was one of 18 charter members of Lambda Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated in Lanett, Alabama. Soror Crook introduced the AKADADEMIA Scholarship Ball to the Lambda Zeta Omega Chapter and served as director of the ball for many years. Catherine is survived by her two daughters: Deborah (Charles) Smith, Madison and Beverly Crook, LaFayette; seven grandchildren: Brian Smith, Birmingham, Erin (Shaquita) Smith, Louisville, KY and Sherylynn Smith, Madison, Brianna, Kianna, Jasmine and Carisma Crook all of LaFayette; four great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law: Lurleen Crook, West Chester, PA; a special daughter, Harolyn Barton Scott, LaGrange, GA and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and her beloved Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Family.

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